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Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Transfer A Domain, From Google Domains

Google Domains describes their view of the domain transfer process, in Google Domains Help: Transfer a domain out.

The transfer process supports different transfers.
  • From a person with an account at one registrar, to another account at that same registrar.
  • From a person with an account at one registrar, to an account at a different registrar.
  • From one person, to a different person, at that same registrar.
  • From one person, to a different person, at a different registrar.

As a project, I found it best to define, size, and assign the complete transfer process in 6 tasks. The project can be adjusted for a domain served by any sending registrar - and targeting any receiving registrar - based upon formalities required by each registrar.

A domain transfer, from a Google Domains account, involves 6 tasks.

There are between 2 and 4 participants - the current domain owner, the future domain owner, the sending registrar, and the receiving registrar - with the current and future domain owner, and the sending and receiving registrar, maybe being the same.
  1. Research the transfer, with the receiving registrar.
  2. Prepare the domain, in Google Domains.
  3. Pass the EPP code, to the receiving registrar.
  4. Authorise the transfer, with the new registrar.
  5. Authorise the transfer, with Google Domains.
  6. Transfer completed, between Google Domains and the receiving registrar.
The transfer uses carefully defined tasks, involving email exchanges with the registered domain owner, to keep the domain secure.

Research the transfer, with the receiving registrar.

These instructions start with instructions from Google Domains. Other registrars may have different formalities.

If the receiving registrar is not Google Domains, start by finding out the requirements of that registrar. Don't wait until authorisation with the receiving registrar, to find out that you have failed to obtain a key detail, from Google Domains.

Prepare the domain, in Google Domains.
  1. Login to your Google Domains account, and find the domain to be transferred, in the domain list.
  2. Click on the gear icon, "Contact information, privacy and lock", for the domain.
  3. Under "Domain lock", click on "Unlock domain".
  4. Under "Private registration", select "Make my info public". This is required, by many receiving registrars.
  5. Under "Personal contact information", make sure all information is thoroughly up to date. This is no time to have a minor detail out of date, and delay your domain transfer. EMail addresses will be used later, so make them correct. If you have been using a "domains by proxy" service, to keep your email address concealed, make sure that you can receive email from the proxy service - or update with an email address that you can use.
  6. Click on the "Expires" / nnn "days" icon to the right of the gear icon, "Registration and transfer out".
  7. Under "Transfer out", click on "Get authorization code". Select the transfer type, and copy the EPP code provided by Google Domains.

Pass the EPP code, to the receiving registrar.

Follow "Transfer In" procedures provided by the receiving registrar. You will provide the EPP code, as received in Step #7, above.

Authorise the transfer, with the new registrar.

Once you have provided the EPP code to the receiving registrar, the registrar will verify the transfer, using an email address verified in Step #4, above.

With the transfer properly authorised, the receiving registrar will contact Google Domains.

Authorise the transfer, with Google Domains.

Once Google Domains has received the transfer request from the receiving registrar, they will verify the transfer, again using an email address verified in Step #4, above.

With the transfer properly authorised, Google Domains will contact the receiving registrar.

Transfer completed, between Google Domains and the receiving registrar.

Google Domains will work with the receiving registrar, and complete the transfer. You (if you are transferring the domain to another account), or the new domain owner (if you are transferring to another person) will receive email, 5 to 7 days later, when the transfer is complete.

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